Moungi Gabriel Bawendi is an American chemist (Born 1961, Paris). He is the Lester Wolfe Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bawendi is one of the original participants in the field of colloidal quantum dot research, and among the most cited chemists of the last decade. He received his A.B. in 1982 from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1988 from the University of Chicago working with Karl F. Freed and Takeshi Oka.
The Bawendi Research Group is largely focused on the study of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots, with a growing interest in organic fluorophores. Research projects are generally divided into four categories: 1. Spectroscopy, 2. Synthesis, 3. Biology, and 4. Devices. Research in the group initially focused exclusively on the spectroscopic study of quantum dots, while recent progress has addressed many challenges in synthesis, biological application of nanomaterials, and solar cell research. In addition, Bawendi is interested in the spectroscopy of single quantum dots with single molecule spectroscopy.